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ANC not paying staff is embarrassing - Cosatu

ANC staff in Cape Town picketed in June this year against unfair labour practices and late salary payments by the ANC leadership. Picture Leon Lestrade. African News Agency/ANA.

ANC staff in Cape Town picketed in June this year against unfair labour practices and late salary payments by the ANC leadership. Picture Leon Lestrade. African News Agency/ANA.

Published Nov 15, 2021

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The non-payment of salaries to ANC staff is embarrassing, says Cosatu.

The union federation has continued to throw its weight behind disgruntled ANC staff who will take their frustrations to the streets today (Monday) as they embark on a nationwide picket.

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This comes as staff have not been paid their August, September and October salaries.

Nationally, about 247 staff members are affected.

Prior to the build-up to the local government elections, workers had insisted that they would not partake in election campaigning, but that changed about two days after they made the announcement. They then committed to setting aside their frustrations to participate in winning the confidence of voters.

On Sunday, the party’s staff representative, Mvusi Mdlala, said salary payments for August, September and October were still outstanding.

Workers are now calling to meet with the ANC’s top six to ensure that a formal response was received regarding salary repayments.

“We submitted a memorandum in June, but to date there has been no formal response to it. We wanted something in writing that commits the leadership to address the demands that are contained in the memorandum.

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“We cannot, on a month-to-month basis, not know what is going to happen with our salaries. What is clear now is that we have no pay date within the ANC.”

The pay date is usually the 25th of each month, but that has not been the case for a few months.

Mdlala previously emphasised that staffers have had cars repossessed, and people could not afford to pay school fees, bonds, rent and daily living expenses.

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“We are still in the same situation we were in before the elections. Workers are still owed August, September and October salaries.

“It is frustrating because we saw during the election campaign in October that the ANC leadership managed to raise money for the elections. Why didn’t they raise money for staff if they could raise money for elections? It is a sign of not caring about the workers,” Mdlala said.

He emphasised that workers were “very angry” about the non-payment and disappointed about the attitude of the party’s leadership.

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As a result of their frustrations, they have resorted to expressing their disgruntlement through the picket. There are also talks of approaching the CCMA and seeking legal advice.

“These actions will only take place if we see that the leadership of the ANC is failing to respond,” he added.

Cosatu national spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said the fact that the ANC was able to raise funds for the election campaign was concerning as this same approach should have applied to the workers. “It means that they do have the ability to raise these funds, they just have not felt the need to take it seriously."

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) said it had instituted a litigation process to ensure that members got their money.

A crowd-funding initiative was launched by the ANC with the aim of raising funds that might help them to pay disgruntled employees who had not yet received their salaries.

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